The School Curriculum - General Aims
One of the best definitions of the term curriculum is provided by Chris Kyriacou who indicates that it covers all the learning experiences set up by a school to achieve specified educational objectives. We hope to “enable all to succeed” through the learning experiences we provide; our general curriculum aims are to help each child to:
Following the 1988 Education Reform Act a pupil’s ‘journey’ through education now has four ‘key stages’:
Years 6 to Year 9
Year 10 to 11
4 and 5
5 and 6
6 and 7
7 and 8
8 and 9
9 and 10
10 and 11
11 and 14
14 and 16
Our curriculum comprises the subjects of The National Curriculum at Primary School level, (the core subjects - English, Mathematics, Science - plus Geography, History, Design Technology, Information Technology, Music, Art and Physical Education), together with RE and the Cross Curricular elements of Health Education, Drug Education, Citizenship, Careers Education and Environmental Education. Other important aspects are Equal Opportunities,
Multi-Cultural Education, Bullying and Positive Behaviour which form our Personal and Social Education Programme.
The curriculum is seen as a continuation from Reception to Year 6, with statutory assessments at the end of the Key Stages at Years 2 and 6.
Some of the work is linked thematically and each year group has six focused half termly themes. Where it is not appropriate to link subjects they are taught as a discreet subject. Mathematics, for example, is treated as a single subject although work of a mathematical nature is included in other areas. English, also, whilst included in thematic work, is also treated as a separate discipline. From September 1998 the school has been using the
National Literacy Strategy to teach English and in September 1999 adopted the National Numeracy Strategy. Science is both a single discipline and an aspect of thematic work. A variety of teaching styles are used - whole class, group and individual. The time set aside for teaching during the school day excluding breaks, assembly and registration is 4 hours 45 minutes (Key Stage 2) and 4 hours 15 minutes (Key Stage 1).